Luke 14:15-23 (NRSV)
15 One of the dinner guests, on hearing this, said to him,
‘Blessed is anyone who will eat bread in the kingdom of God!’
16 Then Jesus said to him, ‘Someone gave a great dinner
and invited many.
17 At the time for the dinner he sent his slave to say to
those who had been invited, “Come; for everything is ready
18 But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said
to him, “I have bought a piece of land, and I must go out
and see it; please accept my apologies.”
19 Another said, “I have bought five yoke of oxen,
and I am going to try them out; please accept my apologies.”
20 Another said, “I have just been married, and therefore
I cannot come.”
21 So the slave returned and reported this to his master.
Then the owner of the house became angry and said to his slave,
“Go out at once into the streets and lanes of the town and
bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind, and the lame.”
22 And the slave said, “Sir, what you ordered has
been done, and there is still room.”
23 Then the master said to the slave, “Go out into
the roads and lanes, and compel people to come in, so that my house
may be filled.